Brazil Carnival Samba Tour



Gisella Ferreira and Megan McAllister

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 3rd – 12th 2024


Come enjoy a journey to the land of Samba! Awaken your soul and experience the joy of Samba and what it personally means to you. Discover your desires and reflect on areas in your life around dance, healing and the calling of the drums. We will be dancing Samba in the heart of Brazil’s Carnaval, visiting the Samba Schools and experiencing the culture, people, places and spirit of this gorgeous land.

This is a special opportunity to learn and connect to Samba in Brazil with Samba Queen Gisella Ferreira and Megan McAllister, Owner of Pleasure Point Yoga & Dance as your guides

Your journey to enriched lands, connection to Self and Samba, and an awakened spirit begins at our Brazil Samba Tour at

Rio Othon Palace

a very nice hotel that Gisella has been to and can attest to for its elegance, class, location, gorgeous views, safety, and beaches below.


Find the Dance of Your Heart. Discover the power of Samba! This is the ideal escape for every dancer or Samba enthusiast looking to discover the rich land and mesmerizing culture, music, and dance of Brazil!


~What’s Included in the TOUR~

9 Nights Luxury accommodations at Rio Othon Palace (a very good breakfast is included)
1 Basic Portuguese Language Lessons with Gisella via Zoom before your trip
Samba classes with the titled Queens and Kings of Samba!
Reset and Rejuvenate with Beach Yoga to align mind, body, & spirit
Excursions to Christ Statue and / or Sugar Loaf Mountain
Beach Tour of the infamous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches Night Market
Tour the night market of Copacabana
Escada Mosaic Staircase
Cidade do Samba House of Samba Floats
Sapucai – Sambadromo
Visit the historical Samba Schools such as Salgueiro and Mangueira
Ticket to Carnaval to Watch the world’s most famous parade
Carnaval Parade and Street Parties
The Beautiful Land and Culture of Samba & Carnaval
Please Note: Only the activities described in the tour description are included.
All activites are subject to change based on availability, weather, etc.
Parading: If you would like to parade in Carnaval please let us know and we will find you a school to parade with at an additional cost


***Travel Notes***

Flights and Airport Transfer are NOT included 

Flights: Please fly into Rio de Janeiro (RIO) Airport. Recommend flying to RIO on the evening of February 2nd (red-eye) and arriving in RIO on February 3rd / Flying Home in the afternoon / evening of February 12th (unless you plan on traveling on after our Brazil Tour)

Airport Transfer: We offer to help arrange airport transfer for our guests flying from SFO to Rio de Janeiro (RIO). This would be at additional cost. 

Hotel: We are staying at Rio Othon Palace: Hotel Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 12pm

Brazil e-VISA: You will need a valid passport AND a travel e-visa to travel to Brazil. The e-visa application / process can be found here:


$750 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot! Payment plans available

Deposit is due by December 1st to secure your spot

Enjoy your stay in a gorgeous 4-star beach hotel with a full-service spa, restaurant, gym, rooftop swimming pool, glorious views of Copacabana beach with all the comfort and amenities for a wonderful stay and experience. A very good breakfast is included. Check-In: 3pm / Check-Out: 12pm

Superior Room with Partial Sea View: 

One Double Bed or 2 Single Beds, bathroom, air-conditioning, & balcony with partial sea view of Copacabana Beach / Good Breakfast included.

Share with fellow dancer travelers and friends

Double Occupancy: $4,100 per person
Single Occupancy: $5,700 per person

Excludes Airfare and Airport Transfer




Journey to the Land of Samba

Gisella Ferreira, a Brazilian American performance artist and instructor specializing in: Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Capoeira, Hip- Hop, Burlesque and Brazilian Baile Funk. Her titles include: The 1st Samba Queen USA/ Rainha do Samba 2014, Musa do Brazilian Day SD 2014 & 2015, and current Hollywood Carnival Queen.
Gisella studied at UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, focusing on dance choreography and performance, as well as on art activism. She began teaching dance at age 12 in Santa Cruz CA and has taught in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Salvador (Brasil) and Los Angeles CA. Gisella lives in Los Angeles, where she choreographs, teaches dance, and performs with her own company, Samba Soul. She can also be found performing at The Floor Show and improv nights around LA.
She also tours and performs worldwide and trains extensively in the U.S. as well as Brasil in many dance forms including Capoeira, Samba and Hip-Hop. She was named one of “LA’s Hottest Trainers” in 2012 and has been active in Health day LA as well as Let’s Move LA, dedicating time to help the LA community become more active and inspired through dance.
Gisella Ferreira loves sharing her passion for life through artistic movement expression, and dances as a form of energy work & healing for herself and others. She is inspired to live each day in joy and gratitude and help to give back to the world through dance.
Megan Brooke McAllister is the inspired owner, yogini, and dance / sacred movement instructor at Pleasure Point Yoga. Megan is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500, is Zumba Instructor Certified and dance enthusiast, and leads yoga and dance retreats around the world. Megan is deeply connected with the cosmos, the mystical, the moon, directions and elements, teaching vinyasa flow inspired with mudra, manta, meditation, pranayama and sacred movement to connect back with sacred self, to sit with the light and the dark, while honoring and integrating all parts. She has been leading and participating in Women’s Moon Circles, working with the goddess, ritual and ceremony for over 20 Years. Former executive director in high technology in Silicon Valley, she holds BAs in Economics and Psychology from University of California Santa Cruz and MBA from Santa Clara University. She found the jewel of her heart as student at Pleasure Point Yoga, which offered her refuge and a loving container to heal and awaken to her soul’s calling.
“Dance is my Religion. Yoga is my Heart” ~ Megan
“Mind over matter; Heart over mind” ~ Megan
“Dream Big. Dream Delicious. The Universe will respond bigger, bolder, and more beautiful than your wildest dreams beyond the edges of your imagination”. ~ Megan



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